Associate Professorship of Neuroscience


Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG), Oxford
Closing date: 
05 May 2017
Julia Allen

Applications are invited for the post of Associate Professor of Neuroscience to be held in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG), with effect from 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a joint appointment with Lady Margaret Hall (LMH), where the successful candidate will be appointed to a Tutorship and Official Fellowship in Pre-clinical Medicine.

The Department DPAG plans to make an appointment in neuroscience to complement existing research in the department, as well as research in the Wellcome/Gatsby funded Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour. The department is currently consolidating and expanding its research activities in the field of mammalian integrative neuroscience, with a focus on the formation, organisation, and plasticity of neural circuits that give rise to perception and behaviour. Research groups working in this area will be co-located within the east wing of the Sherrington Building as part of the newly established Centre for Integrative Neuroscience. The post-holder will complement existing world-leading expertise and help to maintain critical mass in the Department in this field. While we do not wish to limit the candidates we attract to a particular subject area, the fit of candidates to the research profile of the Department and the opportunities for such synergies will be an important selection criterion. Given our current strengths in visual, auditory and somatosensory processing, we therefore anticipate that the new appointment will be in a complementary area of developmental sensory neuroscience. Understanding the brain and mental health and wellbeing are currently among the major research challenges of both the Wellcome Trust and the MRC, while a systems approach to the biosciences is one of the BBSRC’s research priorities. The new appointment is therefore expected to generate valuable new income for the Department.
The successful candidate would get high quality space in the east end of Sherrington/OCGF given the realignment of this real estate into the area of neuroscience. The post holder will receive financial assistance in setting up new research activities, and have access to University research support funds (which must be bid for). The Department has a research administration team to help in seeking and applying for grants.

As a Tutor and Official Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, we are seeking to appoint a candidate who will be an excellent teacher, in the tutorial context, for medical students in the College.